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School retires hockey jersey of 15-year-old victim of Ajax triple homicide

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WATCH ABOVE: It has been more than a week since the deaths of Krissy, Roy and Venallia 'Vana' Pejcinovski. Now the teens' father is opening up about the grief his family has had to endure. Shallima Maharaj reports. (March 22) – Mar 22, 2018

Crestwood Prepatory College held a memorial on Wednesday to honour 15-year-old Roy Pejcinovski, a victim of a triple homicide in Ajax earlier this month.

Krassimira Pejcinovski and her son Roy, a lauded minor league hockey goalie, were found dead in their home on March 14. Krassimira’s 13-year-old daughter, Venallia, died hours later in hospital.

At the time of the incident, the children had been off school on spring break.

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Police have charged Cory Fenn, who was in a relationship with Krassimira, with second-degree murder in the deaths. Autopsy results showed that two of the victims were stabbed and the other strangled to death.

Roy, a star goaltender for the Don Mills Flyers, was honoured earlier by his minor hockey team in a friendly game played against the Toronto Marlboros on March 18. Both sides wore jerseys with an “R” emblazoned on the front as a tribute.

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Roy also played on the school’s hockey team and had led them to a championship just a week before he was killed.

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A number of people spoke at the memorial service Wednesday, which also included a video presentation and the retiring of Roy’s jersey.

“We were wondering how it was going to be today,” the school’s headmaster Vincent Pagano said about the service, which was closed to the media. “As expected there were a lot of tears. I had previewed the video last night … it was difficult to watch and I couldn’t look at it today again, I needed to keep my composure during the [service].

“It certainly affected a lot of the kids who were here, who I think in some ways have been affected by the nature of the tragedy as well as the loss of the fine young man.”

A memorial was held in honour of 15-year-old Roy Pejcinovski on Wednesday. Global News

Pagano said Roy had been a student at the school for two years.

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“He played hockey and was an excellent student, as well,” he said. “[He] made sure that everything he touched was the best he could do.”

Pagano called Roy a “leader” in the community, who some of the senior students even looked up, despite his young age.

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Pagano said Roy’s framed jersey will take a prominent place in the trophy case in the school’s lobby and that the banner with Roy’s retired number will hang in the gym.

Pagano said the school brought in two grief counsellors who have been busy every day since the students came back from break. He said they will likely stay for at least a few more days.

Krassimira Pejcinovski, her daughter Venallia and son Roy. Handout / Toronto Foundation

Last Saturday, all three victims were honoured by hundreds of classmates, friends and relatives in an emotional service at a Greek Orthodox church in Toronto. Roy’s teammates attended in their jerseys.

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The school is in the process of setting up a scholarship in the star player’s name. It will be offered beginning next year to someone “who exemplifies the tremendous qualities that Roy had,” Pagano said.

With files from The Canadian Press

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